Communications Program Manager
KIRKLAND, Wash. – On Saturday, October 19, you’re invited to join the Kirkland City Council and the Green Kirkland Partnership in celebrating the thousands of native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that volunteers plant across the more than 500 acres of natural areas in Kirkland every year.
Green Kirkland Day is an annual volunteer event that kicks off the planting season while also recognizing the tremendous contribution thousands of Green Kirkland Partnership volunteers make each year. Green Kirkland Day features events at five parks, including North Rose Hill Woodlands, Watershed, Juanita Bay East, Edith Moulton, and Rose Hill Meadows Park. A Kirkland City Councilmember will attend each event to welcome and thank the volunteers that are responsible for planting native trees, shrubs and ground covers; removing invasive plant species; and spreading wood chip mulch. No experience is necessary, and we encourage volunteers of all ages to join us. Register to volunteer at the event online at www.greenkirkland.org.
“Last year alone, Green Kirkland Partnership volunteers donated over 10,000 hours of volunteer time and planted over 4000 native plants,” said Lynn Zwaagstra, Director of Parks and Community Services for the City of Kirkland. “Green Kirkland Day is an opportunity to thank our volunteers, celebrate Kirkland’s natural areas and have fun with family and friends in the outdoors.”
Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather in clothes that you don't mind getting dirty (warm layers and rain gear are encouraged), wear close-toed shoes and, and bring a filled water bottle. Tools, training, and gloves will be provided. Lunch will also be provided courtesy of our sponsors: REI, CLIF bar, PCC Kirkland, and Forterra. More information about volunteering is available on the Green Kirkland Partnership website. This event is made possible by King Conservation District and Earth Corps.
About the Green Kirkland Partnership: The Green Kirkland Partnership is an alliance between the City of Kirkland, nonprofit partners, businesses and the community to restore more than 500 acres of natural areas in the City. The majority of the restoration efforts are accomplished by our dedicated volunteers. These volunteers may join us just one time or volunteer over and over again. It takes everyone to restore our natural areas! The Partnership seeks to remove invasive plants from City parks and plant native species. Our Mission is to restore and maintain healthy forested and natural parklands by building a supportive community that works together to protect Kirkland’s valuable natural resources for current and future generations. Achieving this involves training and supporting volunteers in restoration activities.